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Plisson handed French debut

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:42
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Jules was the obvious choice
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Jules Plisson will make his debut for France after being named at flyhalf for Les Bleus’ Six Nations opener against England in Paris on Saturday.

The 22-year-old will pair up with scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain in what will be France’s 10th different halfback pairing since Philippe Saint-Andre replaced Marc Lievremont as coach after the 2011 World Cup.

"Jules was the obvious choice as he only played 10 minutes with Stade Francais [in the Top 14] last Friday and we did a full session with him at No.10 while Francois Trinh-Duc only started training on Monday "And Jean-Marc Doussain has worked at No.9 last week," said Saint-Andre.

In the pack, Alexandre Flanquart was preferred to the more experienced Yoann Maestri.

"It's part of our strategy, England has tall players in the line-up. We also wanted to have two players who play together all year [Flanquart and captain Pascal Pape]," explained Saint-Andre.

"We have an experienced player and a player who has excellent jumping abilities."

Saint-Andre added playing England first up is "the best way to really enter the competition."

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Pascal Pape (captain), 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Yoann Maestri, 20 Antoine Burban, 21 Damien Chouly, 22 Maxime Machenaud, 23 Gael Fickou.

Date: Saturday, February 1
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 18:00 (17:00 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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